Archive for April, 2009

April Fools’ Day, self-publishing, World Expo 2010

Today is not a very good day to try to read the news, because there’s always doubt. Is it real or is it an Internet annoyance?
April Fools’ Day
Google did its usual array of hoaxes for 2009, this time featuring a panda named CADIE (the world’s first Cognitive Auto-Heuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity) who showed up everywhere! [...]

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FriendFeed beta, Twitter and Facebook

A new FriendFeed beta interface was released today. Launched in late 2007, FriendFeed is a social aggregator or lifestreaming service for sharing information with your friends. After fooling around with it last May following WebVisions 2008, I was inspired to start using FriendFeed today because the redesigned beta release looks really nice (even Twitteresque).
FriendFeed [...]

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Tweeting cat door, social apps, college basketball

I thought this was very cool: “Twitter-Enabled Cat Door Tweets a Kitty’s Comings and Goings.” The cats have RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags on their collars. A connected laptop automatically tweets each time the RFID door is activated. You can follow Gus and Penny (the cats) on Twitter. Coincidentally, the clever guy who set [...]

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Gus Van Sant, Corewar, shell pasta, science

Today Portland-based director Gus Van Sant supposedly announced his next project via Twitter: “My next film is Dustin Lance Black’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’. It’s going to be really funny.” I am very excited to see what Van Sant does with Wolfe’s excellent book on Ken Kesey and his [...]

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Gardening, Disney, Michael Bay, powerful brands

Below are some links I found interesting over the past 10 days.
I’ve spent a lot of my free time gardening lately. I guess it’s mostly garden preparation (read: shovel rage and weeder fury) at this point. Maybe next weekend I will plant some everbearing strawberries, probably Hecker (read about strawberry varieties). (I also plan to [...]

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Swine flu apocalypse, WTF and sparkly unicorns

As we all ponder the swine flu apocalypse, here are two Google Maps of international swine flu cases that I found helpful: NPR’s Confirmed Cases Of Swine Flu Across The Globe and H1N1 Swine Flu. There hasn’t been a case confirmed in Oregon, yet.
Now, to counter the influenza epidemic/pandemic panic, below are eight days worth [...]

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